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Best Family Sedan for your Money 2012

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Comparisons, Reviews - 2 Comments

People often ask about the best car for the money in the family sedan class. One of the automatic answers to this question in general is the Toyota Camry, a car that has won numerous awards and continues to lead America in sales each year for the past 10 years running. Lately however, there have been many new contenders that have stepped up their game, including Hyundai, Kia and Suzuki to name a few. These companies would have been a complete afterthought just a few years ago, but due to the new competitive nature of the family sedan (mid-sized) space, there are many more choices for the best car in the space.

After a lot of thought, we have come up with the best cars for your money (up to $35,000) for a family looking for a 5 seater sedan.

#1 – Volkswagen Passat



The all new for 2011 Passat is a car that surprised everyone, especially people in America who are not accustomed to seing the VW in the top lists. The Passat got almost everything right, except perhaps the exterior styling, which according to some is at best bland. Exterior styling aside, this car is an excellent all-around pick for anyone looking for comfort, luxury and performance at a reasonable price. The car is an excellent ride, smooth handling, excellent power delivery, awesome in the safety features, and has superior fit and finish. The Passat is actually really fun to drive, something that is not commonplace in the family sedan class; cars that dwell here are typically very ho-hum and ordinary, such as the 2012 Toyota Camry.

The fully loaded version of the VW Passat is one of the most plush, great handling cars that you can buy for under $35,000, where the mighty Audi A4 and BMW 3-series reside. The drivetrain is very quiet at low riding speeds and the car picks up nicely in passing and from a standstill. According to some authoritative sources such as Car and Driver and Edmunds, the newly redesigned VolksWagen Passat is one of the best cars you can buy at that competitive price point. The speaker system, road noise, handling, riding comfort, and other various aspects all lead up to one of the best driving experiences you can get in the segment.

Runner up – Toyota Camry XLE



The Toyota Camry is arguable one of the more boring and “Safe” cars of the midsize car segment. The issues with the car, as they have been historically are namely: uninspired styling, uninspired driving, loose steering, slow acceleration and other issues that can take an otherwise great car and diminish the driving experience to the point of sheer boredom. Toyota has been looking to get rid of all these negative aspects of Americas best selling sedan for many years, and this time they seem to be coming close. According to the auto sales numbers and according to notable journalists, the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE is a much more refined version of the king of the middle class.

The interior of the car looks absolutely refined, if not gorgeous, and the exterior of the car looks 20 years younger than any other design Toyota has come out with. The engine revs very nicely in passing, and the steering has tightened up around 15-20%, leaving the driving with more confidence on the road; something the older gen Toyota’s didn’t seem to focus on. The engine in the Toyota Camry XLE v6 is one of the best engines in the segment, hands down. The engine is extremely powerful, and can bring the Camry from 0-60 in under 6 seconds. That is on par with some sport cars in a far more expensive class, and this makes the Camry appear to be almost sporty?

With many new comers in the mid class segment, it is almost certain that the throne will be overthrown in the coming years. Car makers such as Hyundai and Kia have continuously stepped up their game, and they do not plan on letting go until their car reigns as the champion of the ever competitive and profitable mid class segment.


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  1. vps
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I was really interested in this and glad I found the info here!

  2. Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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